Mental Health Nurse
What do they do?
Mental health nurses are registered nurses who have specialist qualifications in mental health. They work with Psychiatrists and General Practitioners to monitor a person’s mental state, manage medication and improve links to other health professionals. These services are provided in a range of settings, such as clinics or in a person’s home. Mental Health Nurses must be registered with the NSW Nurses Board.
How can they help?
Mental health nurses monitor the biological dimensions of mental illness through medication administration, behavioural observations and interpretation in general. They can also protect patients’ rights and support their families, carers and significant others.
A Mental Health Nurse can help with medication education and management, be a liaison point between GPs and Psychiatrists, monitor mood, and provide counselling to manage and contain psychological distress.
How do I find one?
Ask your GP or Psychiatrist for a referral, or call the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses on 1300 667 079.
Some people may be eligible for the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP). The MHNIP funds community based General Practices, Private Psychiatric Practices and other appropriate organisations. This means they can employ mental health nurses to help provide coordinated clinical care for people with severe and persistent mental disorders. Ask your GP or Psychiatrist if you would be eligible.Call 1300 667 079